What’s most important to you at this point in your career, in terms of your professional work?

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CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
At this stage of my career, the most important thing for me is to be happy. I know that sounds very Pollyanna, but I probably went through a 10-year period of being largely unhappy until I landed at UCLA. I've been thrilled ever since and in retrospect, what's most important is actually being happy with the work I do on a day-to-day basis.
CIO in Software, 51 - 200 employees
I am happy if I am able to retain my team. I have built many teams but in this great resignation time, I had to build all new team with fresh from school talent. I am seeing reasonable stick around but I am afraid that I shall loose most of them very soon. 
Senior Director of Information Technology in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
For me is to continue to grow talents on my team and retain high skilled colleagues. 
VP of IT in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
The most important thing for me to is contribute at a high level. I want to add value to the team and organization. I want to enjoy the work that I do and feel that it means something. I want to enjoy the people that I work with.
IT Strategist in Government, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The most important in my professional work is being able to openly communicate my opinion and encourage others to do the same. 
VP( Network Engineering and Delivery) in Telecommunication, 10,001+ employees
Leadership position brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. You always love to leave behind a strong legacy , giving you immense happiness, when you reflect upon. At the same time , there is insatiable hunger to keep your self abreast with changing technological landscape ,to ensure you do not get fossilized.
Board Member in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
My career has spanned close to 4 decades now traversing EDP, MIS, IT, Digital and more. My professional work today is all about giving insights based on my personal and derived experience to enterprises big and small on:

1. Making better decisions on enabling business with technology
2. Deriving value from existing IT investments
3. Making IT an integral part of the organization
4. Helping CIOs in their quest for respect and credibility
5. Mentoring CEOs and Boards on why technology is too important to be left to the techies

From my teams across enterprises, I am fortunate to have been able to contribute to more than 20+ who rose to becoming CIOs locally and globally. 
CTO in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
I'm working on my skills - in particular board credentials for a board position by the end of the year, buffing up my people management, and keeping abreast of all the technological developments in the industry. I'm planning no further formal education beyond weekend workshops after this year, but don't believe I will ever stop following the latest tech developments which does occupy a decent chunk of time.
Director ERP Management in Travel and Hospitality, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It has been a tough time for IT Management during COVID years. Most of us were not ready for remote work. Sudden pressure on IT departments in terms of work, budget, lack of resources etc. Then some of the employers didn't believe in remote work while everyone else was in the acceptance mode!! At this time, work-life balance and stability are most important in my professional life.
Computer Science Lecturer in Education, 51 - 200 employees
At this point in my career I want to do something that will give me professional satisfaction.  I think that after so many years of experience, I can now give my best, because I am currently at that point in my career where experience is combined with maturity.

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